Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Boxes

For Christmas, I always like to make some sort of hand-made goodies - things like baileys balls, or caramel fudge or coconut ice. I have always made an attempt to wrap them somewhat nicely and Christmassy, but this year I had a distinct advantage because I have discovered Stampin' Up and SplitCoastStampers!

This year I was intent on making shortbread. I absolutely love shortbread, but I have never found a recipe that was just right. A couple of weeks before Christmas I typed "traditional scottish shortbread" into google, and this recipe came up. It is perfect! It's just the type of shortbread I was looking for! It doesn't use any rice flour, or any icing sugar, so it's not too soft and it has that grainy, traditional feel to it. This is now my go-to shortbread recipe. But I digress....this is a stamping blog after all!

I made a test batch of the shortbread with my favourite Christmas tree cutter, then I measured up 6 or 7 trees together and created the template for the box, based on this one from splitcoast. I ended up making about 10 of them for family and friends and I used a variety of ribbon and paper. The one in the picture uses Holiday Harmony DSP, Old olive cardstock, and purely pomegranate ds ribbon. The stamp on the tag is from one of the new Sale-a-bration sets which are coming up in January. Woohoo! Have a workshop and get free stuff!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Blue Christmas!

This time with a splash of pink! Cased from here:

In one of my DSP buying frenzies I picked up quite a bit of pink paper with snowflakes. It's not SU!, but it matches the rose red ribbon in the current mini really well. I once again used the scallop-edge punch. It's definitely the punch of the moment. I will be very surprised if it doesn't make its way into the main catalogue next year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blue Christmas

I love blue Christmas cards. Makes a nice change from the traditional red, green and gold.

I was a on a mission to use the all scallops stamp set because I haven't used it much. On a skim-through of the catalogue, looking for inspiration, I noticed a card using the Round Up Simply Scrappin' kit. I don't have the kit, but some of the die cuts can be created with the stamps I already have, one of which is all scallops! (with a little help from the trusty stamp-a-ma-jig!)
I love looking through the catalogue, over and over again. I always seem to find something new that I haven't noticed before. The problem with this, of course, is that then I feel like there are new things that I just HAVE to get! Oh well! There are worse problems to have.
Cardstock: Ballet blue, night of navy, whisper white, silver (non SU)
Stamps: Season of joy, all scallops, hero arts sentiment
Ink: Ballet blue, night of navy
Embellishments: silver brad, snowflake
Scallop circle punch, scallop edge punch, circle punches

Monday, December 8, 2008

Further to my previous post about being harassed about creating cards from scratch, this is another attempt that seemed to go down well!

I started off with the In The Stars set and the (non-SU!) ribbon, and I just mucked around from there. The star in the circle is from Occasionally, and I stamped it with glue from the Tsukineko glue pad (LOVE IT!) then just sprinkled over some fine glitter I got at the craft show. I love glitter! Aside from the mess of course! No matter how careful I am, I still end up with glitter everywhere. I have found that baby wipes are great for getting all the last little bits off your hands, and your glitter tray and your work space. I think there is a reason that a lot of people take up stamping after they have babies. It's because you need to have LOTS of baby wipes already in the house!

Cardstock: real red, whisper white, silver (from Fantasia)
Ink: real red
Stamps: Occasionally, In the Stars
Other: Star ribbon from Spotlight, Glue pad, red glitter

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Lemon-Lime Baby!

We have a baby shower coming up in a few weeks, and we don't know the gender of the baby. This leaves me no choice but to go with the standard gender-neutral colours, lemon and lime. I was also a bit excited to use the In The Stars set from the new summer mini.

It's fairly simple, but I like it! It's a pretty versatile design as it could easily be changed to two tones of pink or two tones of blue for a girl or a boy.

Cardstock: Barely Banana, Gable Green, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Barely Banana
Stamp sets: In the Stars
Punches: 1" inch circle, 1 1/4" circle, scallop circle
Ribbon: white grosgrain

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Place card Box

When we have big family dinners, my mum always likes to have place cards. In a previous life, I think I wrote some for her when I was going through my calligraphy phase. They were pretty good, but we've added five children and some husbands and wives since then, so we needed an update!

I stuffed around with different papers and colours for a while, before I realised I should always just go back to Purely Pomegranate! I also used the Holiday Harmony DSP. I cut out a sheet into A4 size, and then ran it through the printer to print out the names. I was a bit concerned that it might get jammed because it is so much thicker than normal paper, but my printer has an option for "thick normal paper" so I just chose that and it ran through beautifully.

The gold stars are actually brads. I put one of them through the ribbon to test it out, but it made a thread run. So I made all sorts of promises to my husband and he agreed to cut off the backs and flatten them out. I then just glued them on.

As you can see, the box is a bit too long for the cards. That's because of nothing other than sheer stupidity! I drew up a diagram for the box base, measured it all out compared to the cards - all great, should be a beautiful fit. Then when I cut and scored the cardstock, for some reason my brain just decided to measure an entirely different number! So the digram was right in front of me, but I still managed to stuff it up!

Doesn't matter! I think my mum will still like them. She has also asked for a non-Christmas set, so I will take that opportunity to make the box properly!

Monday, December 1, 2008


There are a lot of different card challenges out there on the net, and I have never participated in one before. This card was an attempt to do this sketch challenge and this colour challenge all in one!
I quite like the layout, but I think it's probably too many colours on one card for me. Or maybe I just have cameo coral and old olive issues. Never mind the fact that the entire rest of the world just loves old olive. Oh well. I'm just uncool!
Cardstock: So Saffron, Close to cocoa, Bravo Burgundy, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Whisper White
Paper: Berry Bliss
Ribbon: Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy
Stamps: Seeing Spots